Qualcomm wants the iPhone X banned because it 'infringes', er, Palm patents

Nichole Vega
December 2, 2017

In the latest escalation of the almost year-long legal battle, Qualcomm filed three complaints Wednesday in U.S. District Court alleging violations on 16 different Qualcomm patents by Apple, some related to RF transceivers and power-saving measures, some related to multi-touch displays and some related to the innovations of Palm.

The back and forth legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm picked up some steam during the last two days.

Now Qualcomm has filed a new lawsuit against Apple and this on included their new iPhone X as well as other devices.

The day began when Apple filed a counter-claim (pdf) at the US District Court for the Southern District of California.

Qualcomm in July accused Apple of infringing several patents related to helping mobile phones get better battery life.

With its new ITC complaint, Qualcomm is looking to include Apple's recently released iPhone 8 and iPhone X units in the potential ban for using competing Intel chips.

Qualcomm also filed its complaint with the U.S International Trade Commission and wants to ban import and sales of certain iPhones - namely, those with Intel chips. "All of these Palm inventions - owned by Qualcomm - have vastly improved the functionality of mobile devices and the user experience, and all of them are widely found in Apple products without license or permission", Qualcomm writes in one of its lawsuits.

Apple and Qualcomm's legal battle continues to escalate.

"You can't react that quickly to file lawsuits", he explained. In a related suit, Qualcomm sued the contract manufacturers that make Apple's phones, but Apple joined in to defend them.

Qualcomm also alleges the multitasking interface introduced with the iPhone X shares many similarities with the interface that WebOS used to use. Apple accuses Qualcomm of overcharging for its intellectual property and of anti-competitive behaviour.

Qualcomm alleged the infringement took place in a range of Apple devices. That includes the latest iPhone 8 duo as well as the more in demand iPhone X now on offer from AT&T and T-Mobile.

Generally whenever Apple announces a new iPhone it also announces a new System-on-a-Chip, and this year was no different.

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